Now the Fishes are here! They are three Red Gold Mollies. They’re named Philip Fishington, they all have the same name mainly because they all look the same. While I was picking up the fish i grabbed a sunken ship, some food and a bottle of ick killing stuff. So far there’s been no sign of the ick coming back, hopefully it stays that way.
So now that i have the fish tank the next step is to clean it. The fish that were in the tank died of ick, a terrible fish disease that causes spots to form on the fish and it will most likely die. I read online to that cleaning the tank and everything in the tank with hot salt water should remove the ick parisite.
Boiling salt water
For my learn something new assignment I wanted to learn how to do a back walk over successfully by myself. I’ve taught Kinder Gym Gymnastic classes for a year and a half and participated in gymnastics as a child at a basic level.
I understand the elements needed to complete a back walk over, however performing one myself is something I have never done. I have tried a few half attempts, where a friend spots me as I fall into a bridge from standing. With another attempt starting from a bridge and walking up a wall and kicking into the end standing position. Having tried the first half and the second half separately I feel I know what is needed to complete this sequence, I’m just nervous to fall back into my bridge unsupported in case I land awkwardly on my wrist.
I need to work more on my shoulder and back flexibility to be able to perform this move correctly and safely. Having until the end of April I’m confident that I could learn to attempt this move independently and have mostly acceptable form.
I want to try using a yoga ball as a brace for my back to complete the walk-over until I have enough confidence and flexibility to do one independently of props or braces. At gymnastic studios props such as the roller (above) would be used to aid those learning the move. I would just substitute that for a yoga ball. When completed my performance would look similar to the picture below if all goes well.
Trying to decide what new to learn was a long process for me. I wanted to become a dream expert, read tarot cards, and learn how to juggle. All of these went down the drain when I learned that becoming a dream expert isn’t really a thing, reading tarot cards are kind of sketchy in Edmonton, and juggling is something that I’ve been trying to learn for years now and I am pretty terrible.
I began to think, what have I been doing in the past couple months that is new to me without even realizing. Moving from Vancouver to Edmonton came to mind, but I have lived in a new place before so that wasn’t something completely new. One thing that I have never experienced before is a ridiculously cold Edmonton winter.
Taking on this new experience that I didn’t realize would be as intense as it has been, was pretty crazy. I walk to and from school every day, I bus everywhere since I don’t have a car, I get my groceries and walk outside, and I enjoy nightlife; going outside from the middle of October until what I assume will last until the end of March has been a frightening endeavor. I have never experienced colder than minus 10 before. I have never experienced snow for more than 2 days. Snow days? They don’t exist here. It’s a completely different kind of life than in Vancouver.
I think I have been handling the Edmonton winter scene pretty well. I complain pretty often about it, but that’s not a new thing for me (I will complain about 30 degree weather as well). I think the part of an Edmonton that I have yet to wrap my head around is the fact that you don’t see seasons. Fall and Spring are so beautiful and Edmontonians don’t get to experience them in their full capacity. Fall and Spring are full of colour and comfort. Edmonton is continuously grey and white.
One huge benefit I have gained from an Edmonton winter is that the sun is out a lot more than it is in Van. Waking up is a lot easier without grey skies. Another benefit is that I always know what the weather is going to be; it will be cold and there will be snow on the ground. That’s that.
Over the past 7 months, I have been Tweeting, Facebooking, blogging and letting all my friends home know how cold and suffering I am and decided to share with you how I have felt about my first Edmonton winter through my posts.
Learning to play the drums has been a challenge. To say the least. It makes it even more difficult when things like work get in the way. However youtube has been a great help, I am constantly watching video’s on how to play certain techniques, how to better handle the sticks, how to make smoother transitions ect ect.
All I need for these kinds of excersizes is set of sticks and a flat surface. Which makes it easy, as I am cooking dinner, watching TV, texting, anything I just carry a set of drum sticks around or 2 pencils and just start hammering away. I am working on mastering a song I have loved for a long time, “Welcome Home” by Coheed and Cambria is the song I have decided is the goal. I will learn to play it and post a video when I have, hopefully that will be a good start for the learning process.
It’s day one for my journey to the Stanley Cup, with the Toronto Maple Leafs as their General Manager in NHL 2013 for xbox! I’m going to do something that has never happened in T-O. Bringing home Lord Stanley for the first time in 46 years! I’ve been brought in to do a job. I’m going to start on draft day, go through free agent frenzy and make the approrpiate trades and moves to make this team as a cup contender. I’ve made it clear no player is safe, no matter what their contract is, and who they are. I am here to put a winning product on the ice. My team will be the hardest working team in the NHL, with skill up front, size, toughness and speed. The number one thing I want to look for is a new number one goaltender (build from the net out) and there are lots of rumblings in Vancouver, Roberto Luongo could be looking for a new home. This is day one, and this is my journey with the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Stanley Cup!
By Kyle Harris